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NCSF Certification Courses for Academic Institutions


The goal of the NCSF college courses is to provide academic institutions with complete turn-key solutions to produce well-trained exercise professionals, ready to enter the work force with a degree complemented by an NCCA accredited credential. All courses are available at NO COST to accredited academic institutions. The NCSF supports all college programs with an education advisor and provides the academic instructors with all the necessary textbooks, ancillary study materials, answer keys, a course syllabus, catalog write-up, lesson plans, and multimedia presentations. The courses have been designed by exercise scientists and foremost authorities on training instruction and nutritional science in the industry.


Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) – An NCCA accredited Personal Trainer credential is a required designation for employment in most fitness settings. The NCSF-CPT credential represents a documented competency for employers and those looking for qualified practitioners with a higher level skill set. Offered in both lower division and upper division models, the CPT course prepares students for the NCCA accredited board examination and is ideal as a capstone course for programmatic accreditation. All NCSF exams can be offered on campus, on-demand. This credential qualifies students to enter the United States Registry of Exercise Professionals (USREPS).

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The Sports Nutrition Specialist (SNS) program covers all the key elements of nutrition for the exercise professional. The course is an ideal blend of nutrition in function and application, and covers relevant subjects to prepare students to competently employ the knowledge in the field. The program can be run independently but heavily complements both the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and the Certified Strength Coach (CSC) Programs in content and curricular synergy.

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The Certified Strength Coach (CSC) course is by far the best program in the country for preparing students for jobs as an exercise professional in sports. The program provides the most relevant, up-to-date information in the field and teaches students how to be successful on the job. It allows professors and instructors to lead students through the comprehension of evaluation, design, and implementation of sports-based training programs. Supported by hundreds of videos and related teaching aids this credential is clearly the new standard in the industry.

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